Make a Stylophone-style synth controller

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Make a Stylophone-style synth controller


Here’s another great project PCB from MFOS. The Mini-Controller can be used with any synthesizer with a 1-volt-per-octave input. It uses a stylus probe and PCB keyboard contacts similar to the classic Stylophone synth used by David Bowie.
Just to clarify – this is only an interface and doesn’t produce any sound on its own, but it’s probably the simplest DIY synth controller project out there.


Stylophones are still made today by the Dubreq company. While they’re not the prettiest sounding synths, they are retro-cool and a lot of fun to play.

MFOS Mini-Controller –Link

1969: David Bowie and the Stylophone –Link

Original Stylophone by Dubreq –Link

MIDI Arduinophone
MIDI Arduinophone –Link

6 thoughts on “Make a Stylophone-style synth controller

  1. Jimbo says:

    That’s some messed up hair… for a white boy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I bought and now looking for new version i hear rumor the color also in white?

  3. stylomeastro says:

    Coming soon from Dubreq is the Stylophone Beat box due for release January 19th 2009.

    Check it out


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